Reserves Come Up Big In First Round UNC Victory

Tar Heels defeat Western Carolina 5-0 to advance to second round of NCAA Tournament.

Nov. 14, 2008

Courtesy North Carolina Athletics

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The University of North Carolina women's soccer team tallied a pair of goals in the opening 15 minutes of play and then benefitted from the play of reserves in the second half as the fourth-ranked Tar Heels defeated Western Carolina 5-0 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament Friday night at Fetzer Field. Heavy rains in the Triangle area poured down through most of the game as both teams often found the footing difficult to deal with it.

With the victory the Tar Heels advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday at 1 p.m. at Fetzer Field. It will be UNC's 27th successive appearance in the Round of 32 of the tournament. Carolina will play either Atlantic 10 Conference champion Charlotte or Southeastern Conference champion Tennessee who played in the second first-round game Friday night at Fetzer Field.

The Tar Heels, now 20-1-2 on the season, had five different players score goals and with the exception of the starting defense of Rachel Givan, Whitney Engen and Kristi Eveland, who went the whole way on the back line, no other starter logged more than 58 minutes. All 22 players on UNC's postseason roster played in the game with the fewest minutes played being 19 by Katie Lutz as Coach Anson Dorrance made generous use of his bench against the Southern Conference champion Catamounts, who ended their season at 13-8-2.

Carolina got on the board at 8:07 of the match on Casey Nogueira's 22nd goal of the season and her sixth game-winning goal of the campaign. Nogueira fired a long shot from about 22 yards into the lower left corner of the frame. Junior defender Whitney Engen assisted on the goal.

Just over six minutes later, the Heels doubled their lead to 2-0 on a goal by sophomore forward Jessica McDonald, her fifth of the season. McDonald snared a clearing pass by the WCU defense just outside the six-yard line and finished her chance into the lower left corner of the goal.

The Tar Heels, who outshot the Catamounts 28-1 and had an 8-0 edge in corner kicks, went on to score three more times in the second half. At 53:19, sophomore midfielder Ali Hawkins had her initial shot saved by Western goalkeeper Caitlin Williams, who had 11 saves on the night. Hawkins pounced on her own rebound and pounded a laser into the upper center netting for her second goal of the season.

The UNC bench took over from there and produced two more goals. At 60:51, freshman forward Emmalie Pfankuch dribbled through a maze of Western defenders and finished into the lower right side for her second goal of the year. Carolina then finished off the scoring at 82:30 as junior Caroline Boneparth recorded her first goal of the 2008 season off an assist by sophomore Katie Klimczak. Klimczak sent a through ball to Boneparth behind the defense and she slotted her shot to the right of the keeper for the final goal of the game.

UNC senior midfielder started her 100th successive game for the Tar Heels in the win over the Catamounts, setting a school record for consecutive games started. Averbuch has never missed a game or a start in her four-year career. Averbuch can tie the school record for overall games started in a career Sunday in the second round NCAA Tournament match.

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